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Community Health., Vital Statistics Section


Community Health., Vital Statistics Section

San Mateo County Health System

Maintains recent birth and death records for the county and issues copies of birth and death records.


Issues certified or informational only copies of records of birth or death which took place in San Mateo County from 1966 to current year. (Copies of birth and death records prior to 1966 must be obtained from the County Clerk - Recorder's office.) Issues permits for disposition of human remains, to disinter a body to change the burial location or to dispose of cremated remains by the scattering of ashes. To transport human remains across state lines, an authorized individual will need to request a letter of non-contagious disease. Contact this office for information and advice on how to obtain copies of records of births and deaths which occurred in other counties, states or countries, how to correct or change a birth or death record and how to file a delayed certificate of birth for someone whose birth was not registered. Administers state-issued medical marijuana cards and program.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops in front.
225 West 37th Avenue, Room 11, San Mateo, CA 94403 37.5314294 -122.3006094 Government

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Wheelchair



Fees: $25 for each certified or informational only copy of birth certificate, $18 for each certified or informational only copy of death certificate. $11 for each burial permit. Cash and checks accepted.



How to Apply:

Walk in or apply by mail with fee enclosed.

Service Wait Estimate:

No wait for walk in; 5 day wait by mail.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County